Italy orders ISPs to block sites
owen at delong.com
Tue Mar 7 08:50:58 UTC 2006
--On March 7, 2006 1:35:05 PM +0530 Suresh Ramasubramanian
<ops.lists at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 3/7/06, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> wrote:
>> Singapore seems to force all of their ISPs to send all HTTP requests
>> through a proxy that has a set of rules defining sites you are not
>> allowed to visit.
> As does (for example) the UAE, and China. But not Italy.
> So this is quite moot, I expect.
> Also - having all local cable / broadband / dialup providers do
> something like this would cover the vast majority of internet users in
> the country .. not too many people or companies are going to be
> running their own resolvers, at least in a small country like Italy.
I guess that depends. Afterall, all you need to run your own resolver
is a copy of bind and linux, macos, or windows to run it on. A caching
recursive resolver is pretty easy to set up. If that becomes what it
takes to get around government regulations, I suspect gamblers who
really want to gamble will learn fairly quickly.
> The numbers are likely to be trivially small as compared to the number
> of people just using their ISP resolvers. So a fake zone loaded into
> the resolvers redirecting these banned sites elsewhere should do just
> fine, I guess.
Today, true. Tomorrow, depends on the motivation level of the affected
audience and the publication level of the trivial solution to the currently
prescribed method of control.
> Suresh Ramasubramanian (ops.lists at gmail.com)
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